Fall Outfit Inspo & #NSale Reviews

Hello, friends. Happy FRIDAY! Public access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale started at 3AM and things are already flying off the virtual shelves.

I actually set my alarm so I could try to get those Stuart Weitzman OTK boots in the brown, but it was a no go. They were only restocked in a few sizes, and they sold out in 10 minutes. Maybe I was meant to keep the black… I will keep checking over the next week and hope for some returns.

In fact, I was really disappointed at the lack of restocks across all categories. I was expecting more, and I’m not sure why they haven’t done a better job at holding back some of the popular styles for the public sale. I’m hoping they’ll release more throughout the day and the next week, but only time will tell. My best advice is to keep checking back. I have those boots open in a tab in my browser, and I refresh anytime I think about it. LOL!

Yesterday I updated my Guide to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale post with my latest product details and recommendations since I’ve tried on a lot more of the styles since I originally wrote the post. You can see that HERE. Also, you might like my Splurge, Spend, Save #NSale post that has a lot of detailed information about different products in the sale as well as some of my favorite recommendations.

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Before we get started on today’s post, I want to announce the winner from the $250 Nordstrom Gift Card giveaway.

Congratulations to Bianca R. for her winning entry! Please check your email for instructions on how to claim your prize. You have 24-hours to reply or another winner will be randomly selected. Thanks to all who particpated!

Today I’m sharing some fall outfit inspiration from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I know it’s early to be thinking about fall, but this way you can shop these looks now if you wish, and if you like the ideas, pin these pictures to your fall fashion Pinterest board to use for outfit inspiration when the leaves start to change and Starbucks is serving pumpkin spice lattes again!

For your reference, I’m 5’5″ and 135# on a good day, and I’m short-waisted with a slightly hourglass shape. I tend to run between sizes, which is fun. (NOT!) I’m usually a 6 or 8 in pants and jeans and a small or medium in tops. I wear an 8 or 8.5 shoe, and on rare occasion a 7.5 or a 9. LOL!

#1. This first outfit is a bit of a miss for me, although I’m not sure why. I pulled in the navy (sweater) and burgundy (jeans) from the scarf, and the tee is beige so not so stark as white, but somehow this doesn’t excite me. Perhaps a taupe or ivory cardigan would look better.

stripe scarf // long cardigan // short sleeve tee // jeans (tall girl alternative) // booties // earrings

This long cardigan is definitely a keeper for me. I’ve already worn it once with shorts (see below) and I just love how it wears, plus it’s thin and very soft. I feel like it is flattering, elongating, etc. That’s hard to find in a long cardigan. I’m tempted to buy it in another color. For size reference, I have the small.

This t-shirt is one of my favorites (see this post with my 5 favorite tees!) I’m wearing a beige color from last year, but it comes in a ton of other great colors including white and is only $17 on the #NSale!

These 7FAM jeans are so so so flattering. I chose them over the AG pair because I like the raw hem and the shorter length (they’re 28″ inseam as opposed to 30″) plus they’re under $100. If you’re tall, go for the AG, and if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly price point, check out this pair at $41.

These booties are one of my favorite finds in this whole sale. They are so comfortable, style easily with ankle length jeans due to the low shaft, and they add a slightly rugged vibe to my classic outfits. For $89, I couldn’t resist!

Finally, I got these earrings in both silver and gold. That’s how much I love them.

#2. Okay, so here’s the second version of the outfit. Something about the blue jeans and burgundy sweater just seem to work better for some reason, although I’m not entirely sure why.

stripe scarf // long cardigan // short sleeve tee // jeans (high rise alternative) // booties // earrings

Again, I love this scarf because it’s thin and not terribly bulky, and this t-shirt and the booties are a few of my favorites #NSale purchases.

For this look, I went with a burgundy cardigan that is lightweight with an open knit. I like how it fits, although the quality isn’t great. It’s fine for the price, though, and it definitely looks cute on.

These jeans are among the most talked about in the entire sale. It’s a great price for AG, and I definitely recommend snapping them up while they’re available. They are on backorder, unfortunately, but they’ll make a nice early Christmas gift in November! I have heard all kinds of different sizing recommendations on these. I personally feel they run small, and I ordered a size up from what I normally wear in AG. Keep in mind, they do have a very low rise. It says 8″ and it feels at least that low. If you like a higher rise, the Paige ankle jeans that are part of the sale are a great alternative, and they’re only $99, which is almost 50% off. And if you want a similar look at a more budget-friendly price point, these fit well and look good on.

#3. This is the same outfit as #2 but I changed out the scarf for a different look.

blanket scarf // long cardigan // short sleeve tee // jeans (high rise alternative) // booties // earrings

I love the colors in this blanket scarf. It’s a heavier/warmer fabric than the stripe one above, but it isn’t super thick so it drapes nicely. I definitely find it harder to style than the stripe scarf above, but it’s pretty if you like blanket scarves. Personally, I never wear them like this out and about. I prefer the oblong shape that I can wrap.

#4. This isn’t that interesting of an outfit, but I wanted to show the sweater. Warning, it’s a bit of a splurge.

ribbed cashmere turtleneck sweater // jeans (high rise alternative) // booties // earrings

I’m actually undecided on this sweater. I love how soft it is, the cowl neck, the bell sleeves, and how it has some shape through the waist area; but it’s about an inch too long to be ideal for me. If you’re taller, you might really like this. I might like it with those merlot jeans or black jeans and black OTK boots. I feel like the balance is a little off in this outfit. For size reference, I’m wearing the small, and I think it’s the right size so it is TTS or you can size down if in between. It also comes in ivory or a taupe/black stripe.

#5. This is another splurgy sweater that I threw on with the AG jeans and Jeffery Campbell booties so I can show you how it fits, but I’d like this outfit better with cognac knee suede boots or brown riding boots. Or OTK boots would be cute too.

cashmere bell sleeve pullover // jeans (high rise alternative) // booties // earrings

This sweater is so soft and luxe. I love the v-neck, the length, and the grey stripe up the back. I just wish it fit closer to the body and the sleeves were a little bit longer. I can’t decide if that’s intentional or not. For size reference, I’m wearing a small. For the price, I probably should be head over heels in love to even think about keeping it, plus I have a similar style from last year by Vince that I love so I probably don’t need both, but I really like the ivory color and that grey stripe detail is unique and fun. If you’re in the market for something like this, I think you’ll love it.

#6. This right here is the kind of outfit I live in all winter long.

rib knit cardigan // short sleeve tee // jeans (high rise alternative) // perforated booties // unlined hobo

I probably wouldn’t have given this cardigan a second look until I saw it on another blogger and she raved about how comfortable and cute it is. While it has a more voluminous fit than I typically go for, somehow it drapes in such a way that it isn’t unflattering, and it is just soooo cozy. Everyone raves about the Barefoot Dreams sweaters, and I haven’t tried them, but I can’t imagine that they’re much softer than this. For $35, it’s hard to pass up.

I gave details on the tee and jeans above, but let’s discuss these booties. I admired a similar pair by Lucky Brand all last year so when I saw these, I ordered them. They run very small. I sized up to a 9, and I wear 8 or 8.5 in booties. They are comfortable, and for the price, you can’t beat them.

Finally, I have all the heart eyes emojis for this bag! My only complaint is that it zips and doesn’t just have an easy magnetic closure, but otherwise, it is divine. I’ve been a fan of Rebecca Minkoff bags for years but somehow the leather on this one is even softer and more supple than most of her other bags I’ve had. I looove this moss color for fall, and the gold studded handle is so chic.

#7. I love a pair of deep burgundy jeans in the fall and winter, and there are a few pairs that are part of the #NSale this year that are really good. (Pardon my dirty mirror; it really shows on the black sweater!)

tie front sweater // jeans (tall girl alternative) // booties // earrings // necklace

I was drawn to this tie front sweater the second I saw it in the Anniversary Sale catalog, and I still think it’s really cute, but I have to say, it is rather scratchy. If that bothers you, you may want to pass, but it’s not scratchy enough to be a deal breaker for me. For size reference, I’m wearing a small. I tried the medium in the store and I felt like it was bigger than I wanted, but I’d say it depends on the kind of fit you want.

I really wanted to love these booties, but I don’t think I’m going to keep them. Maybe I’d like the taupe suede or cognac leather better, but these look really long on my feet, and they have a higher shaft so they interfere with the hem of my ankle jeans. They’re by Kork-Ease, so they are really comfortable and even have arch support, so if you’re looking for that, you should try them.

This necklace is Stella & Dot. I threw it on because I felt like the sweater needed a pendant and my Kendra Scott pendant is still en route. I love it but it is heavier than I anticipated, so sometimes it settles between the hills, if you get my drift. It works okay on this chunky sweater though.

#8. Here you can see the same outfit with ballet flats instead. I like it much better this way!

tie front sweater // jeans (tall girl alternative) // ballet flats // earrings // necklace

I’m undecided on these Tory Burch ballet flats. I LOVE the look of them, but at this price I expected them to be more comfortable. That said, I think ballet flats look really great with these jeans. It is something about the way the jeans taper and the length, but it works out perfectly — much better than with the ankle boots.

#9. This outfit is from the dressing room, but I wanted to show you because it features a great pair of boots and my favorite under $100 pair of jeans in the #NSale.

lattice back sweater // high rise jeans // suede boots

I loved this sweater the second I put it on, but my bra showed in the back so that was a deal breaker for me. If that’s not an issue for you, go for it. It is super cute on, and the price is great. It’s not super soft or anything, but it isn’t scratchy either, and it’s thick enough to not be see-through.

I think these jeans are the best deal after the AG legging ankle jeans. They have a higher rise, which some of you might prefer, they’re stretchy, and they fit great. The rear pockets are small and placement is flattering.

Finally, I love these boots. I immediately honed in on them when I started browsing the shoe department in store the first day of the sale, and I can’t wait to start wearing them. They’re the perfect caramel color with a great minimalistic style, and they’re extremely comfortable. That cylindrical heel is the icing on the cake. I have these here at home so if I have time, I’ll update this post with a side view today. For size reference, I sized down a half size to an 8. They seem to run big.

#10. Here’s a look you can wear now and then swap out the shorts and sandals for jeans and booties when it gets colder. I wore this last week to the nail salon for a mani/pedi.

long cardigan // t-shirt // sandals // tote

This long cardigan is definitely a keeper. It’s thin and very soft and flattering. For size reference, I have the small.

I was immediately drawn to this tee when I saw it in the store on the #NSale preview day, but now that every blogger in the blogosphere has featured it, I’m kind of over it. LOL! I’m sure I’ll still wear it, but it is kind of funny how often if pops up in my Instagram feed. For size reference, I’m wearing the medium, and I wouldn’t want it any smaller.

My sandals and tote are not part of the #NSale, but they are both tried and true favorites that I wear/carry 4 or 5 days a week.

#11. Finally, this is a simple outfit that I will play around with more come fall, but the piece de resistance is the cardigan.

3/4 sleeve cardigan // similar cami // jeans (high rise alternative) // pendant // flats

This is probably my favorite cardigan in the entire sale. It is super thin and lightweight, and it has 3/4 sleeves so it’s definitely best for early fall or areas with mild winters, but it’s really cute and flattering and so super soft. It is one size fits 4-16, so it’s amazing that it isn’t more voluminous, but it drapes nicely and really works. The fact that it is one size (and cashmere, of course) makes it a nice idea for gift giving as well.

I plan to try this outfit with the merlot jeans or the jeans pictured here and my burgundy suede ballet flats or leopard flats. There are a lot of possibilities with this color sweater!

So that’s all I’ve got! I hope this was helpful. Definitely refer to the rest of my Anniversary Sale coverage for my other top picks and more outfit ideas. 

And it’s Friday, so that means linkup day! If you have a fashion blog, I’d love for you to join us. If you’re here for your weekly dose of style inspiration, you’ll find plenty of that here. Have a beautiful weekend!

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